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By Andrea Papagianis

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The fourth annual California Wine Festival, Orange County edition, came to an end Saturday as more than 1,000 people flocked to Doheny State Beach to sample hundreds of state-made wines.

“I don’t think there are many similar events like this in Orange County and the wineries love coming down here and highlighting their wines to this great community,” said Emily Kaufman, vice president of operations for the festival.

Featuring more than 50 wineries, the festival highlighted regional blends from Temecula, Lodi, Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara, providing guests with a wide sampling of California wines in one afternoon.

In addition to Saturday’s fest, reserve wines flowed Friday evening at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. California wine samplings continue in Santa Barbara from July 18 to 20, with the festival’s 10th anniversary celebration. For more information, visit www.californiawinefestival.com.

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